To be honest, Episode 4 of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones was my least fave for this season. I just found everything a little ho-hum as I kept checking my watch to see if it was nearly over already. I know this is bound to happen from time to time and I certainly don’t expect the HBO writers to dole out high voltage episodes week in and week out, but I’m glad it happened now and not towards the end of the season.
What I did find fascinating about this episode though was two distinct character developments: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and, ironically, after my rant last week, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).
Let’s start with Daenerys.
Here she is all saving the slaves of Meereen when I realised that while it seems she is doing a wonderful by releasing them all, what she is ultimately doing is making them believe they are free while ensnaring them into her own game plan. Sure, they are coming of their own volition, but regardless of what fancy ideas she spouts, she is still asking them to be held captive. She has quite literally freed the slaves by making them free slaves… And, then, when she takes all the Masters and does to them what they did to the slaves (nailing them all to posts and leaving them to die in agony), she is just reinforcing the fact that the slaves only appear free. If they do Dany wrong, no doubt they will suffer a similar fate!
Now for Jaime.
I wanted to hate Jaime this week. I wanted to hate him so goddamned badly for what he did to Cersei last week. Instead, I found a man who is still struggling with his inner demons, with the labels he has been given as a result of his actions in the past. Here is a man who is trying to change, yet, when he fucks up, he does it royally!
And Cersei (Lena Headey), oh my gods, Cersei! All week there has been a furore over her being raped. There has been heated debate over whether these scenes should be shown on TV, whether images of rape perpetuates rape, when is no really no, and whether the scene should have been altered as it was from its original source (being George R. R. Martin’s novels). Meanwhile, Cersei has picked herself up, dusted herself off and got the fuck on with being the bitch we all know and love (to hate). There are no tears shed, there is no wallowing, she just gets her shit together and moves on.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about any of these characters now as a result.
Needless to say though, Jaime better watch his bloody back now because Cersei is certainly bitching for a rumble!
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) is starting to smarten up in this episode – hooray! She seems to realise her precarious position with Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) also. That man does nothing for no one without getting his just rewards in return. Sansa might be best to take a leaf out of Olenna Tyrell’s (Diana Rigg) book and poison that bitch now while she can! Speaking of Olenna, we fully come to learn that she was the one who poisoned Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) whiney little serial-killer-in-the-making’s arse. Margaery (Natalie Dormer) is suitably horrified when she learns this but moves on, none the less, since she now has a new king in sight – Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman). Seems everyone just LOVES a gullible king.
And what of Sansa’s husband, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage)? Seems he is still sitting in jail waiting for this damn court hearing. At least Jaime finally makes an appearance and they have a good chat about what it’s like to be them. I wish they would just move this story line along now. We are all waiting with baited breath just to hear how Tyrion will manage to talk his way out of this one.
Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Castle Black get a good amount of screen time this week as we find Jon trying to train everyone up as knights in order to stand at least a fleeting chance against the wildlings. It seems Jon may also get a chance to meet up with his little brother Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) soon, or later, or sometime before the end of the series, since he manages to get himself captured by some renegade ex-Castle Black members. Jon’s dire wolf is also being held captive – hang on, when the fuck did that happen?! And why isn’t Jon fretting about it? Oh well, doesn’t really matter as Jon is leading a motley crew to Craster’s where Bran is being held prisoner, so I guess it’s a moot point anyway.
And so this story line leads me into the…
- So we finally get another look at the white walkers – remember them? They turn up on very rare occasions, mainly just to scare the shit out of us with their freaky blue eyes and they reanimated horse corpses. This time we get to see why Craster was ‘donating’ his boy babies to them – seems the white walkers are turning these babies. That’s gonna be some huge army going on. Eventually. Maybe. At some stage. Hopefully soon and not three seasons on…
- Jaime giving Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) his sword (and her naming it ‘Oathkeeper’) then tasking her with finding Sansa and keeping her safe.
- Margaery seducing Joffrey’s younger brother. I’m not sure how old Margaery is supposed to be, but Joffrey was 13 when he died, that makes Tommen younger still. Ew! Just ew!
- Ser Pounce. There’s a cat. It has a fancy name. I love cats. Enough said.
So what did you think of Episode 4 of Game of Thrones? Let me know in the comments below!
You can read my Episode 5 recap here.
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